Tonight was an exciting night for Marvel fans in Fresno and all over the world as not only did ABC treat viewers to the world premiere of the Agent Carter mini-series, but they also aired, for the first time, the world debut of the official teaser trailer for Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man.
Based on the Marvel Comics superhero character, the film tells the story of Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), a former thief who now must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of Pym’s Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will help save the entire planet.
The trailer, which can be seen here, opens up in what appears to be a coastal city as Scott Lang is cornered and taken in by police. We see that scientist Hank Pym has been keeping tabs on Lang through a series of monitors in a high-tech facility. Over a montage of images we here Pym give a narration that he has been watching Scott for a while, saying he’s different than most criminals. As we see Scott being escorted into (or perhaps out of) prison, Pym tells Scott not to let anyone tell him that he has nothing to offer, because second chances don’t come around all that often. He advises Scott to take a close look at the second chance that he is offering the younger man.
Following the Marvel logo, we see more images of Pym working at his at home laboratory and showing it to Scott, while at the same time we see that Scott has a motivation to turn his life around in the form of his daughter. Pym says in narration that this is Scott’s chance to earn her admiration, to become the hero that she already thinks he is. Pym says that this is not about saving our world but theirs as we see more shots of Pym’s company, Pym Industries, shots of the film’s villain Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll) and Pym’s own daughter Hope Van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly). Pym asks Scott to become the second person to bear the title Ant-Man as we see the costume and helmet resting on a chair; Scott’s response: “Huh?”
What follow is a series of typical action shots as Scott suits up and uses his new powers to shrink to ant size and command ants to aid him and do his bidding. There are images of police pursuits, what looks like a prison riot, a shot of Scott at his daughter’s bedside while in the costume, an evacuation of a government building, a shootout as Scott tosses someone threw a window, what appears to be a fight between Scott and Hope, Hope pointing a gun at someone, and most prominently a CGI shot of Ant-Man riding a flying ant just like in the comic books. The trailer closes with Scott asking Pym one last question: “Is it too late to change the name?”
The trailer helps to crate some renewed faith in the film after the recent controversy over the loss of it’s long-attached and hard-lobbying original director, Edgar Wright. It gives you just enough to leave a taste and have you wanting to learn more. It also offers the psychological motivation behind Scott’s desire to be a superhero, that motivation being a father and former criminal who want to reconnect with his daughter.
Ant-Man is currently slated for release on July 17, 2015, and will serve as the sixth and final film in Marvel Studios “Phase Two” film slate. This examiner eagerly looks forward to it.